Humanity in the Information Age

The content of this board functions as a socio-cultural criticism of people's growing dependency on technology, social media, and digital consumerism, suggesting that in an age that people should be the most connected, that they are actually the least connected. In the information age people are more alone, and less human than they have ever been. In making a satisfactory sense of social acceptance their prime motivation, people are addicted to the very things that devalue human experience.
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While there is a sense of humour in this posting, there is also an embarrassing reality. This image acknowledges the dependency people now have on technology for harbouring knowledge. As a search engine Google connects people to information in virtually every conceivable subject.  As reliance on sites such as this grows, so does the notion that if it something is not on the internet, then it must not exist. In this regard, technological dependency functions to limit human creativity.

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This poetic love story is arguably the most powerful example of a conscious awareness of the flaws in contemporary society on this board. Technology is destroying human experience. People's devices of delusion are only communicating social confusion. Gary Turk indicates that there is more joy to garner from life if people actually pay attention. Dependency on technology and social media evolves into distraction and if people don’t “look up” they could miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

Other examples on this board tend to critique initial dependancy on technology and social media. This image however, communicates the immediate physical repercussions of addiction and dependency on technology and its applications as oppose to the negative impact they can have on human experience. While arguments are a matter of interpretation and are up for debate, it is difficult to refute the factual information presented here.

The Scary Truth About What Technology Is Really Doing To Kids

This video expresses discontent with aspects of pseudo-invdiualziton, limitation, and dependency associated with technology and SNSs. When people should be the most connected, they are have become more dissociative, Twitter's 140 characters, Vine's 7 seconds, and even the 500 character limit of Pinterest limit people's communication. Even though people are aware that technology is limiting humanity, they choose to do nothing about it because it has become so integrated in contemporary…

Post by Prince Ea. Can we autocorrect humanity? That's the premise behind this spoken word poetry by the rapper Prince Ea that will make you rethink how

Using statistical analysis this chart demonstrates the level of addiction to technology and social media that contemporary society has reached; the most shocking number being that 62% of people willingly admit that they 'need' the internet to function in everyday life. As demonstrated by the presented numbers, people are so heavily invested in technology and the digital mediascape that the average person has access from 5 different devices. Clearly this signifies a dangerous level of…

Infographic: Who's the Bigger Web Addict, Men or Women?

Paints and interesting picture - data is from the UK; I wonder if the info is any different for the US? Generation of Internet Addicts Infographic

In a more disturbing fashion, this piece of art recognizes how technology is taking control of people's lives. Like the blood in our veins, the information transmitted through the wires of people's cell phones are becoming one with the very fabric of the individual. Protected by the illusions of practicality, connectivity, and entertainment, technology is parasitically eating away at  humanity. As it becomes 'one' with people's lives, it will be more difficult for people to live without it.

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Banksy’s latest sketch is a terrifying reminder of your iPhone addiction - Laura Londoño

This song's music video is equally as important as the lyrics in suggesting that the digitized state of contemporary society is 'killing' individualistic humanity.

Lauren Evans - Alone (Official Music Video) Real Message No one cares anymore

This image can be interpreted in two critical ways, both suggesting that people 'need' social media. From one perspective, these syringes, labeled with different SNSs could represent different forms of drugs. From another point of view they could represent a form of medicine or cure. Either way these 'injections' of social media symbolize the idea that they are a necessity, whether it be for an addiction, or for someone's purported 'health' in the information age.

Facebook Addiction? The 4-Step Blueprint for Overcoming an Addictive Social Media Habit

This image can be interpreted in two critical ways, both suggesting that people 'need' social media. From one perspective, these syringes, labeled with different SNSs could represent different forms of drugs. From another point of view they could represent a form of medicine or cure. Either way these 'injections' of social media symbolize the idea that they are a necessity, whether it be for an addiction, or for someone's purported 'health' in the information age.

While this is merely a generalization and does not apply to everyone, it is a sad, but true reality that technology has replaced humanity in the role of parenting a child in some families in contemporary technologically advanced society. This image exaggerates the idea that children no longer need a bottle; they need a cell phone. People are babies, no longer dependant on nurturing of parents, but the nurturing of technology instead.

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These Cartoons Illustrate How Smartphones Are The Death Of Conversation

This interesting piece of graffiti acknowledges people's social starvation for attention as well as their measurement of self-worth through social media. People should be upset about a lack of food, water, education, shelter, etc. not followers, likes, and comments. While contemporary society's dependency on technology is flawed, their dependency on social acceptance is even worse.

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"Nobody Likes Me" by IHeart, Vancouver Why does social media define our worth? Who cares if a bunch of strangers like your post?

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